Henson told to earn Bath extension

Date published: January 7 2015

Bath coach Toby Booth insists former Wales international Gavin Henson still has a chance of earning a contract extension with the English club.

The 32-year-old utility back has been heavily linked with both Bristol and Newport Gwent Dragons as the arrival of Wales fly-half Rhys Priestland next season could move him further away from the Bath starting line-up.

Although he has said he would prefer to play at fly-half, Henson has featured at centre, full-back and as well as at 10 in his 35 appearances for Bath since joining the Premiership club in 2013.

Henson has been sidelined by injury since Novemeber and his current contract expires at the end of this season, but according to Booth, no discussions have been held over his future yet. The coach admitted his diversity could work in the former Ospreys, Saracens, Toulon, Cardiff Blues and London Welsh player’s favour.

“We’ve kept Gav abreast of the situation and our intentions,” coach Toby Booth told BBC Radio Bristol.

“Once he’s back fit he has the chance to stake a claim and be re-contracted. That’s how it’s been left with him.

“Both Gav and Ollie [Devoto] give us positional variation so it’s about having strength in depth, across all positions, even if that person is covering more than one.

“We want to be as competitive as we can and we know that to be competitive you need good strength in depth, hence why we’ve been pro-active in that area.

“We’ve held back (on contract discussions) because we want to do right by Gavin,” Booth told the Indepenant.

“He’s been injured since November and hasn’t been able to put his best foot forward.”